“Navigator of the Seas 2/04/2012”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas

glq1946 Navigator of the Seas 4 Navigator of the Seas 2/04/2012
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We went with a neighborhood group of 17 people who commonly cruise together. The embarkation process at pier 29 in Fort Lauderdale was terrible. Our luggage was outside getting wet in the rain. The line to get through security was long and very slow. They had 4 security stations for 3000+ passengers. Disembarking was worse. We couldn't get off the ship until 10AM and then waited another half hour to get through the customs line. I will never sail from Fort Lauderdale at pier 29 again. The dining room menu selection and food was not good. All of us were disappointed. Interestingly enough, the Windjammer buffet was very good. We at ate both Chops, their steakhouse and Portofino's italian restaurant. Chops was good. Portofino's was outstanding. The prices, $30 and $20 per person respectively, are very reasonable given the quality of the food and service. you have to try the sandwiches at the Sandwich Bar on the promenade. They're great! We sailed on Superbowl weekend. One of our group had a suite and wanted to set up a bar with finger food and have us all watch the game. They wouldn't do it. They won't allow you to buy a bottle of liquor and mixers for your stateroom. We thought that was odd since there are 14 bars on the ship. They encourage alcohol consumption, why not allow you to buy alcohol for your room. Even the mini bar in the room had no alcohol. The ice show was fantastic. The stage shows were good, although we could have done without the juggler. The parades on the promenade were also great. The ship is beautiful and the staff is absolutely great!! All in all, we had a good cruise. I'd recommend the Navigator to anyone who isn't overly concerned about the food. Other than that, you can't help but have a great time.
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Cabin review: Promenade Stateroom

We had an inside promenade cabin on the Navigator of the Seas. Great view of the promenade, the parades and people watching. The cabin had a window seat which provided comfortable viewing. The cabin was typical, with enough room to get around comfortably. The bathroom shower was a little tight.

Port and Shore Excursions

We embarked from pier 29. Their is no parking at the terminal. You have to go to the midport garage and take a shuttle back to the terminal. The traffic getting into the terminal was heavy stop and go. Our luggage was dropped off outside in the parking lot. Unfortunately it showered while the luggage was outside. The line getting into the terminal and through security was long and slow. They had 4 security lines for 3000+ passengers. Getting off the ship was worse. We didn't get off until 10AM, and didn't through customs until 10:30. We then had to wait for the shuttle to get us to the parking garage.
We took a city tour, which lasted about 2 1/2 hours. We visited old and new San Juan and both forts.
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We had booked a private tour with Bernard's Tours (bernardstours.com). The cost was $40 per person. It was great. We spent most of the day going completely around the island with stops at all the important places on both the Dutch and French sides. Our guide, the Mailman, was knowledgeable and kept us entertained through the whole tour. We had plenty of time in the mid-afternoon to shop in Phillipsburg.
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